Kevin Saunderson Presents Good Life 2013 RemixesComment
Good Life. Written and produced by Kevin Saunderson and featuring the vocals of Paris Grey, it was released in 1988 and went on to become one of the defining tunes of its era, maintaining "classic" status ever since.
If you know anything about dance music’s history (or even if you don’t!) you’ll know Inner City’s ‘Good Life’. Written and produced by Kevin Saunderson and featuring the vocals of Paris Grey, it was released in 1988 and went on to become one of the defining tunes of its era, maintaining “classic” status ever since.
Some 15 years later, producers are still vying for a chance to remix it. Delivering their renditions for the first batch of 2013 remixes are Pig & Dan, Markus Lauc, Matt Smallwood, Ian O’Donovan and Dantiez Saunderson & White Chocolate.
Pig & Dan have been forging their skills over the last 10 years with production credits on the likes of Bedrock, Cocoon, Suara, Tronic and Soma who also released their acclaimed fourth studio album, ‘Decade’. Here they deliver a stripped back, instrumental version of ‘Good Life’, instead concentrating on its tough techno beats.
Glasgow’s Marcus Lauc bridges the gap between techno and house with residencies at the city’s Karnival night as well as Glasgow’s On The House, which becomes even more apparent on his reworking of ‘Good Life’, where the prominence put on the house keys is underlined with a stomping techno bass.
Matt Smallwood was named one of Carl Cox’s producers of the year in DJ Mag and has topped the artist charts on Beatport, with an impressive output on some of the world’s most prestigious labels. With a softer approach, his version focuses on more of the original’s core elements for a shimmering reworking.
Irish man, Ian O’Donovan was already grabbing the attention of many of the world’s DJs when he sent out some track demos, even before his first official release so it’s no surprise that his tracks soon got snapped up by the likes of Wolfskull, Bedrock and Aurora Borealis. With a sound compared to Detroit Techno, he was a perfect choice for this new phase of remixes.
Dantiez Saunderson is the middle son of Ann and Kevin Saunderson and has recently been impressing with his releases on KMS, proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. His musical partner, Kevin Castro aka White Chocolate, was born in Columbia, raised in New York and currently resides in Miami. Having last come together on KMS for ‘Logarythm’ (KMS-119), they now return for this futuristic adaptation.
In addition, a competition ran on Beatport Play in June to remix this Detroit Techno masterpiece, for inclusion on the release and on 8th August the winner was announced, with the grand prize going to Contepella for this Breakbeat version.
Kevin Saunderson Presents Inner City - Good Life 2013 Remixes Phase 1
Release date 27th August 2013
Label KMS Records
1. Good Life – Pig & Dan “Less Is More Dub Mix”
2. Good Life – Markus Lauc Remix
3. Good Life – Matt Smallwood Remix
4. Good Life – Ian O’Donovan Remix
5. Good Life – Dantiez Saunderson & White Chocolate “Future Mix”
6. Good Life – Contepella “Breakbeat Remix”
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